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Improvements for the Integration of Health & Social Care

This week the Government’s plans to improve the integration of health and social care provision by 2018 were announced by Health Minister, Norman Lamb.

Social and health regulators and NHS England, the body which runs the health service, have been asked to develop projects to provide fully integrated care so that elderly patients in particular are not “passed around” between hospital and community services. Services may be paid according to how patients rate the care they have received, or even made subject to financial penalties for requiring patients to re-tell their stories to the different professionals with whom they come into contact.
 
The view is that different parts of the health and social care systems do not communicate with each other, which acts as a barrier to co-ordinated care for patients. Mr Lamb said that people do not want health care or social care, they just want the best care. He commented that unless there is change, the NHS and care system are heading for a crisis and said “This national commitment to working together is an important moment in ensuring we have a system which is fit for the future.”

By Professional Discipline Solicitor Rosemary Rollason.

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